Meet Jen

946Jen Franklin has called Hampton Roads home since 1989. She came here with the military but stayed because of her love for Virginia Beach and its community. Having worked for many years as a single mom, she understands the rigors of balancing work, raising kids, and supporting the teachers that work with our children every day.

She has spent over 20 years actively supporting the PTSA and spent the last four on the Kempsville High School board serving as Treasurer and then President. Even when working several jobs to support her daughter, she still played a very active role in the PTSA, serving as the Cox PTSA Treasurer for many years and working on the many committees where help was needed. For over 20 years, she has served as a Naval Reservist (retired), Small Business Owner, Fitness Instructor, Coach/Trainer, and Career Mortgage Banker in the Hampton Roads area.

Jen Franklin as Kempsville High PTSA President with other volunteers.

Jen is tenacious and passionate about everything she does, especially when it comes to student and teacher concerns. Jennifer’s main objective is to ensure that we have students that are workforce and career-ready while supporting teachers and ensuring they have the tools they need to work with our kids successfully.

Born in Korea and then adopted into a hard-working family in Pennsylvania, Jennifer has a great appreciation for everything that this country offers and the opportunities it holds. She never takes that for granted and will work hard to earn the privilege to be on the School Board. She lives in the Kempsville area with her husband, Rob. Their three children all attended K-12 in the Virginia Beach Public Schools and have thrived in the environment of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She looks forward to the opportunity to give back to her great community.

Jen Franklin is focused on improving class discipline and school safety, restoring the recognition of achieving Valedictorian and Salutatorian, preparing our students to be workforce and career-ready, reducing class sizes and attracting quality teachers to teach in Virginia Beach. You can learn more about Jen’s campaign platform here.

Contact Jen: or 757-717-6789